Black churches throughout Los Angeles County will commemorate World AIDS Day on Sunday, December 1 as a time for remembrance and hope for those who are affected by HIV and AIDS.
In Los Angeles County, 20 percent of all AIDS cases are among African Americans, even though African Americans represent only about 10 percent of the countys population.
As the spiritual leaders of our communities, our congregants look to us for guidance in all aspects of their lives, said Reverend Norman S. Johnson, Jr., senior pastor of First New Christian Missionary Baptist Church and executive director of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference Los Angeles Chapter.
Reverend Johnson added, Because the Black community continues to suffer terribly from the illness and devastation caused by AIDS, we need to incarnate the gift of unconditional love in addressing the pandemic of HIV/AIDS. Therefore, we are uniting on World AIDS Day to deliver messages of solidarity, hope, compassion and understanding to our communities.
The Urban Church Task Force on HIV/AIDS, a non-denominational coalition of churches organized to support church or ministry-based HIV/AIDS programs, has joined the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services Office of AIDS Programs and Policy to address the alarming spread of HIV and AIDS among African Americans.
If you would like information about churches in your neighborhood that are observing World AIDS Day or would like suggestions on how your church can commemorate World AIDS Day, please call the Urban Church Task Force on HIV/AIDS at the Martin Luther King Legacy Association, (323) 290-4116. Call the same number for the Pastors Guidebook for HIV/AIDS Ministry through the Church.
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